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Library: The Gold Watch


Author: Rez
Date:Nov 2 1995

"Hello, little man.  Boy, I've sure heard a bunch about you.  See, I was a
good friend of your dad's.  We were in that Hanoi pit of hell together, for
five years.  Hopefully, you'll never have to experience this yourself.   But
when two men are in a situation like me and your dad were, for as long as we
were, you take on certain responsibilities of the other.  If it had beenn me
who had . . not made it, Major Coolidge would be talking right now to my son,
Jim.   The way it turned out, I'm talking to you."

"Butch, I've got something for you.  This watch i've got here, was first
purchased by your great-grandfather during the first World War.  It was bought
in a little general storein Knoxville Tennessee, made by the first company to
ever make wristwatch.   Up till then, people just carried pocket watches  It
was bought by a Private doughboy name of Ryan Coolidge on the day he set sail
for Paris.  This was your great-grandfather's war watch, and he wore it every
day he was in that war.    When he'd done its duty, he went home to your
great-grandmother, took the watch off, put it in an old coffee can, and in
that can it stayed.
  Until your grandad, Dane Coolidge, was called upon by his country to go
overseas and fight the Germans once again, only this time they called it World
War Two.  Your great grandfather gave this watch to your grandad for good
  Unfortunately, Dane's luck wasn't as good as his old man's.  Dane was a
marine, and he was killed, along with all the other marines, at the battle of
Wake Island.   Your grandad was facing death.. he new it, none of those boys
had any illusions about ever leaving that island alive.  So three days before
the Japanese took the island, your grandad asked a gunner on a airforce
transport, named Winaki..  A man he'd never met before in his life.. to
deliver.. to his infant son, who he'd never seen in the flesh, his dad's gold
watch.  Three days later, your grandad was dead, but Winaki kept his word. 
After the war was ove, he paid a visit to your 

grandmother, delivering, to your infant father, his dad's gold watch.

This watch.. THIS WATCH, was on your daddy's wrist when he was shot down over
Hanoi.  He was captured and put in a vietnamese prison camp.  He knew that..
if the gooks.. ever saw the watch they would confiscate it, take it away.  
The way your dad looked at it,this watch was your birthright.  He'd BE DAMNED
if any slopes gonna put there Greasy Yellow hand on his boy's birthright. So
he hid it, the only place he knew he could hid something, HIS ASS.  Five long
years he wore that watch, up his ass.  And he died of dysentary, he gimmi the
watch, I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal up my ass to years.  Then, after
seven years  I was sent home to my family.  Now, little man, I give the watch
to you.

Note :  this is not my original work, it was quoted, from memory from the
movie Pulp Fiction.  The actor who performed it was Cristopher Walken.